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Flat6Labs Launches in Jordan: A $20m Seed Fund and Seed Program

Flat6Labs, MENA’s leading seed investor and the largest manager of startup programs in the region, has announced the launch of a new USD 20 million Seed Fund in Jordan. Created to nurture the growth and development of early-stage companies, the Jordan Seed Fund (JSF) has achieved a first close of USD7.4 million and attracted contributions from prominent investors such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund (ISSF), Beyond Capital, Bank Al-Etihad, and GMS Ventures & Investments.

 

Applications for the program’s first four-month cycle are now open. Participating companies will have the opportunity to benefit from a cash seed investment of up to JOD 50 thousand each, together with potential follow-on funding of up to JOD 120 thousand. In addition to attractive funding opportunities, startups will benefit from the Flat6Labs Amman seed program. The program will run over a five-year period and is set to deliver a host of benefits to between 14 and 18 startups every year, including office space, world-class mentorship and access to Flat6Labs’ regional network. 


The program is specifically targeted at startups in innovation-based and knowledge-driven sectors such as Information and Communication Technologies, Software Solutions, Education, Healthcare, Digital Content and Games, Hardware, Electronics, Manufacturing Solutions, Renewable Energy, Agricultural Solutions, Big Data and Analytics, FinTech and Payments, Media, and Entertainment. Each of the selected startups will receive tailored support designed to help them scale and grow their businesses, with the long-term goal of creating regional, and ultimately global, champions. 

 

Participating companies will also benefit from opportunities for regional exposure and mentorship through Flat6Labs’ extensive international network, together with coaching from established business leaders. Each startup will be paired with at least three highly experienced mentors. In addition, Flat6Labs Amman will arrange Demo Days, support fundraising and business build-out, and deliver a full spectrum of support designed to help new businesses flourish.

 

Ramez El-Serafy, Flat6Labs CEO, commented: “We are delighted to expand our presence into Jordan with the launch of an early-stage fund and seed program, which creates exciting opportunities for local startups. As the region’s leading seed and early-stage venture capital firm, Flat6Labs is well placed to support the aspirations of the Kingdom’s talented entrepreneurs and help them take their businesses to the next level. We aim to support the growth and development of Jordan’s start-up ecosystem, and thus contribute to a thriving national economy.”


Rasha Manna, General Manager of Flat6Labs Jordan, added: “Jordan is home to a pool of talented entrepreneurs who are ready to showcase their ideas to the world. We provide foundational support to startups through funding, mentorship and networking opportunities across the region and beyond. We are excited to now open applications for our first cycle and look forward to starting work with Jordan’s most promising startups in the very near future to help them effectively scale and grow their business.”

 Laith Al-Qasem, CEO at ISSF shared: “ISSF has been mandated to improve the Jordanian entrepreneurial ecosystem through acting as a fund of funds and through facilitating the creation of new funds to serve the investment needs of entrepreneurs and start-ups along their journey towards success. Flat6Labs fills an important gap and role by providing studied equity capital starting from seed stage accompanied by competent hands on incubation and mentoring which will facilitate speedier and more focused growth in the investments they make.”


“Jordan is an attractive market for entrepreneurship and early-stage capital given its young and increasingly urban population, high rates of technology adoption, and increasing government support,” said Abdullah Jefri, IFC’s Country Manager for the Levant “Addressing the funding gaps will help build a robust startup ecosystem to tap into this potential and spur innovation and economic growth in Jordan and the region.”


Launched in 2011, Flat6Labs has grown to become the MENA region’s leading startup accelerator managing seed funds with a total AUM of more than $85 million. The company has run over 40 seed program cycles, funding the creation and seeding of more than 320 companies. Approximately 40% of Flat6Labs’ graduating companies have succeeded in securing follow-on rounds of funding from regional and global institutions and individuals at higher valuations, translating to an unrealized IRR in excess of 25%.

 

Applications for the Flat6Labs Amman Seed Program are open now. To find out more, please click below.

 

Flat6Labs invests a total of $805,000 in seven Jordanian startups

Amman, Jordan – June 26, 2022 Flat6Labs—the MENA region’s leading seed- and early-stage venture capital firm, currently running the most renowned startup programs in the region—has recently announced that it is investing in seven new Jordanian startups, as part of the second cycle of its funding program, which was launched last June.

By funding startups across the MENA region—including in Jordan—Flat6Labs aims to support entrepreneurs and new businesses as they work to compete on both a local and global scale. The venture capital firm specifically targets startups in innovation-based and knowledge-driven sectors, such as information and communication technologies, software solutions, education, healthcare, digital content and games, hardware, electronics, manufacturing solutions, renewable energy, agricultural solutions, big data and analytics, fintech and payment solutions, media, and entertainment. 

Flat6Labs will be providing each selected startup in the current cycle with an investment of $115,000, including an initial capital injection of $65,000. In cooperation with an array of elite coaches and mentors, the venture capital firm will also provide these startups with a four-month training curriculum that includes a variety of workshops and mentoring sessions designed to cover all aspects of business development. Flat6Labs will additionally provide the participating startups with workspaces, marketing and legal support, and the opportunity to benefit from the firm’s regional network of partners and investors—along with the possibility to potentially receive subsequent financing of up to $170,000.

Commenting on the firm’s latest program cycle, Rasha Manna, General Manager of Flat6Labs Jordan, said, “At Flat6Labs, we are immensely proud of what we have achieved since the commencement of our operations in Jordan. In the first cycle of the program, we invested in five Jordanian startups, and the success of that inaugural cycle has resulted in an increase in demand and visibility for our program, allowing us to expand our investments in the second cycle. Ultimately, by connecting with and supporting local entrepreneurs, it is our objective to have a positive impact on Jordan’s economy and society as a whole—in particular, by diversifying the local economic landscape, creating new job opportunities, and helping develop a sea of success stories that will further encourage local entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas and visions. At the same time, we hope that our own achievements and those of our startups will set an example for other investors and venture capital firms, further highlighting the Kingdom’s potential for investments.”

 

The list of companies in the second cycle includes:

Arab Therapy
A platform that specializes in providing high-quality mental health services and counseling through psychotherapy sessions carried out by a group of highly qualified specialists.

Bloom
A company that bridges the gap between physical and online shopping through the “try-before-you-buy” software model, with the aim of automating the returns process for merchants and giving them complete control over their management.

Kharta
A data driven real-estate marketplace that helps both buyers and sellers complete the transaction faster and with more confidence.

Quiq Claim
A FinTech peer-to-peer settlement and investments platform, catering to the Medical Insurance industry.

iPass
A one-stop shop for worldwide identity verification solutions utilizing a deep pixel biometric fraud detection tools and a user friendly experience supported in 50+ languages.

Shop4me
A platform that provides logistics services by linking companies with suppliers, obtaining various supplies, shopping and buying online at competitive prices; and finally.

Sukoon
The first holistic mindfulness mobile app in Arabic that provides high-quality recorded audio sessions offering different transformational tools for mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness prepared and narrated by expert teachers from the Arab world.

 

Flat6Labs provides startups with funding through the Jordan Seed Fund (JSF), launched in 2021 with a total investment of $20 million, aimed at nurturing the growth and development of 90 early-stage startups during a 5-year investment period. The program is funded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund (ISSF), Beyond Capital, Bank Al Etihad, and GMS Ventures & Investments.

Flat6Labs and DisruptAD Launch Largest Cycle Yet with 10 New Startups in Abu Dhabi

The cohort includes 7 UAE-born start-ups and 3 international companies that will now establish significant business operations in Abu Dhabi as they receive world-class mentorship and a total investment of AED8.8 million under the program

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 28 June 2022

Flat6Labs, in partnership with DisruptAD, the venture platform of ADQ, today announced the 10 innovative start-ups that have been selected to receive seed funding and world-class mentorship under its flagship Flat6Labs Ignite program. Representing the third cycle of the program, this cohort was meticulously vetted and selected from over 700 applicant organizations from across the globe. 

Launched in March 2021 as a partnership between DisruptAD and Flat6Labs, Flat6Labs Ignite is a specialized seed program committed to supporting up to 60 start-ups in Abu Dhabi over three years. To date, through cycles 1 and 2 of the Ignite Program, Flat6Labs and DisruptAD have graduated 17 start-ups that have cumulatively raised AED14.7 million in funding.

 

“This currently stands as our Ignite program’s largest cycle yet, with 10 start-ups having been selected — a testament to the popularity and value that it delivers. Based on the outcomes of previous cycles, we are confident that by grooming these new start-ups, we will springboard their success, and enable them to become valuable contributors to the entrepreneurship ecosystem and economy in the UAE,” said Ryaan Sharif, General Manager at Flat6Labs UAE.

 

Of the 10 start-ups receiving investments in this new cycle of the program, seven are home-grown UAE companies and the three others have been founded in Poland, Bahrain, and Turkey. The founders and leadership teams of these international start-ups will establish operations in Abu Dhabi, which will now serve as their global headquarters. This is in-line with the Flat6Labs Ignite program’s objective of establishing the nation’s capital as a global entrepreneurial hub and centre for innovation.

Of the 10 start-ups receiving investments in this new cycle of the program, seven are home-grown UAE companies and the three others have been founded in Poland, Bahrain, and Turkey. The founders and leadership teams of these international start-ups will establish operations in Abu Dhabi, which will now serve as their global headquarters. This is in-line with the Flat6Labs Ignite program’s objective of establishing the nation’s capital as a global entrepreneurial hub and centre for innovation.

 

Each of these organisations was selected for investment and inclusion in the program based on their ability to deliver disruptive innovation in their individual market segments, with the aim of pioneering markets in the UAE and subsequently, broader international regions. The 10 organisations selected are: 

 

  • DarDoc: Empowers patients to receive simple to complex care without visiting a hospital, by enabling them to hire a nurse, phlebotomist, or a physiotherapist on demand.
  • Digital First AI: A B2B Martech SaaS provider that leverages AI to enable brands and marketers to easily create and execute effective marketing strategies.
  • Fitlov: A managed marketplace providing fitness and wellness trainers on-demand in UAE, including personal training of any type, massages, life coaching, and nutritionists.
  • FundoMundo: An online, live-education marketplace connecting teachers with learners aged 3 to 18.
  • Hulexo: Helps retailers eliminate stockouts and automatically deploy highly personalised marketing campaigns using AI.
  • Lune: Enables banks, FinTechs and retailers to better serve customers by unlocking insights into customer spending, based on automated analysis of raw transaction data.
  • Makan: A company pioneering the concept of ‘furniture-as-a-subscription’ by enabling consumers to rent furniture monthly with the option of effortlessly keeping, returning or swapping out items as desired.
  • Reach ChannelPro: A SaaS platform that makes it easy for brand owners and their distributors to increase their indirect sales, by digitising channel partner engagement.
  • Savii: Promotes financial responsibility and independence among teens by offering a debit card and banking app that is tailored to their needs and lifestyle.
  • The Scalable CFO: Simplifies finance operations for small businesses by matching them to part-time CFOs from a growing pool of over 6,000 qualified professionals, and also enables the automation of finance and back-office functions.

 

“We are excited to commence this third cycle of our program which sees us supporting start-ups in a variety of new industries — from well-being to martech. The solutions and services of these 10 organisations hold immense value for their target segments and the UAE economy at large. With the expert mentorship and guidance they will now receive, these start-ups have the ability to unlock their full potential, fine-tune their value proposition and rapidly scale their operations in order to accelerate time-to-market,” added Sharif.

Flat6Labs In Abu Dhabi Kick-Off Bootcamp with 20 Innovative Startups

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 17 May 2022 –

After receiving and vetting over 650 applications from promising start-ups from over 65 countries — including 158 startups that were founded in the UAE — Flat6Labs, the MENA region’s leading seed and early-stage venture capital firm, this week commenced its 4-day Bootcamp for 20 of the most innovative entrants. Over the course of the week, these start-ups will receive extensive training by seasoned instructors and the Flat6Labs team, based on the ‘Lean Start-up’ approach, following which they will vie for just 10 spots in the third cycle of the Flat6Labs flagship seed program in Abu Dhabi.

With Flat6Labs having already successfully nurtured 18 start-ups, that have cumulatively received over AED18 million in funding, in the previous two cycles of Flat6Labs Ignite — a specialised AED120 million seed program run in partnership with DisruptAD, ADQ’s venture capital platform, to support up to 60 start-ups in Abu Dhabi over three years — this announcement marks a crucial stage in the third intake cycle.

With operations across the MENA region, Flat6Labs has found the start-up ecosystem in Abu Dhabi to be especially active. “25% of applicants to Cycle 3 of our Ignite program were UAE-founded organisations which is not surprising given how the UAE government actively creates policy and reforms to actively promote entrepreneurship. Flat6Labs in partnership with ADQ is here to support this thriving start-up ecosystem and the resounding success we have had over the first two cycles – which have seen companies like RemotePass and Dharma rapidly grow to become dominant players in their respective industries – is testament to the effectiveness of our program,” said Ryaan Sharif, General Manager at Flat6Labs UAE.

The mentorship offered to the start-ups over the course of the Bootcamp includes unparalleled insight on creation of the minimum viable product/service, customer discovery, marketing, go-to-market strategy development, and financial modelling. In conclusion of this training, each start-up will have the opportunity to present its pitch to a Selection Committee comprised of Flat6Labs Management, ADQ’s representatives, veteran venture capitalists and top executives from the region’s leading enterprises for a coveted spot in the third cohort of the Flat6Labs Ignite program.

The companies that are chosen by the Selection Committee will be eligible for seed funding of up to AED1.15 million, and follow-on funding of up to AED2 million. Furthermore, inclusion in the Flat6Labs Ignite program gives selected start-ups tailored support, world-class mentorship, and access to ADQ’s considerable network and resources.

“It’s an exciting week ahead as the 20 start-ups we have shortlisted to participate in the Bootcamp each have the potential to revolutionise critical industry sectors ranging from Health Tech and Agri Tech, to Energy and Logistics. We are confident that the organisations that successfully make the cut will help advance the UAE’s digital economy by becoming drivers of innovation and positive change,” said Jeremy Shorter, Program Director – Abu Dhabi at Flat6Labs.

Survey Results: Key Insights About the Startup Ecosystem in KSA

Over the past few months, we conducted a survey to gain more insight about Saudi startups, including early-stage funding, specifically pre-seed funding, as well as the overall challenges facing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in KSA.

We gathered the responses of 100+ full-time startup founders in KSA, who shared their diverse experiences and perceptions throughout their entrepreneurial journey, and reached the following summary:

Challenges facing entrepreneurs:

Among the many challenges that founders face, is the difficulty of securing the capital required to establish a startup in KSA. About 50% of the respondents were unable to raise funds or finance their startups through independent parties. Instead, they relied on their own funds and support from family members.

In addition to the high operating expenses, 50%+ of the startups, in the case that they actually succeed in securing funding, manage to secure no more than SAR 375,000. This amount isn’t sufficient in financing the operations of any business for more than five months. Based on our estimations, such an amount would often be sufficient to cover business operations for only 3-5 months.
It is worth noting that 17.2% of the participants managed to secure more than SAR 3 million in funding, notwithstanding the limited resources and funding amounts available to most participants. This may indicate that funding opportunities are only focused on some specific sectors.

The scarcity of qualified talent for reasonable wages can also be placed at the forefront of the challenges facing startup founders in KSA, where 23.8% of respondents expressed that they are experiencing difficulty in recruiting talent with the funding cap available.

Furthermore, approximately 17% of the entrepreneurs participating in the survey have highlighted another challenge, mainly the statutory fees and requirements imposed by legislative bodies and authorities in order for them to be able to launch their businesses within a legal framework, which limits the opportunities for some startups. It is also worth noting that 40%+ of respondents cited legal, regulatory and PR services as an alternative to cash funding, in return for 3% of equity.

Funding Sources Available:

Due to the scarcity of funding sources for startups, self-funding is the most common source of pre-seed funding, which 30% of startup founders relied on. Angel investors rank first among independent sources of seed funding, at 15%, among other various independent sources that the founders often resort to at the beginning of their journey, such as business accelerators, venture capital funds, etc.

Startup Age:

According to the founders participating in the survey, one third of startups were founded within the past year, representing a positive reflection of the economic landscape in KSA, following the repercussions of COVID-19.

 

Product Readiness:

50%+ of the participating founders have developed and launched products that are customer ready with more than one third of the startups having generated sales upon introducing their products to the market. Moreover, 17% of the businesses managed to generate sales exceeding 1 million Saudi riyals within the past year.

Preliminary Assessment:

 

More than half of the respondents believe that their startups are worth SAR 10 million or more, and noted that they may be willing to give up only 5% of equity against SAR 500,000.

 

Looking to apply to our Riyadh Seed Program? Applications are open here.

The Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC) and Flat6Labs launch the “Startups Seed Fund” and Flat6Labs Riyadh Seed Program

Saudi Venture Capital (SVC), one of the most prominent venture investment ecosystem development companies in KSA, has signed a new investment agreement with Flat6Labs, the leading seed and early-stage venture capital firm in the MENA region, to introduce the “Startup Seed Fund”. The fund aims to support startups with growth potential and provide more than 20 Saudi startups annually with seed capital over the next three years, in addition to a number of other benefits.

BLOMINVEST, one of the leading investment management companies in the region, will manage the distribution and marketing of the “Startup Seed Fund” as it will be the exclusive partner for marketing the fund’s units in Saudi Arabia and raise up to SAR 150 million, within 12 months starting from the fund’s launch. The fund will adopt a highly diversified systematic investment plan that aims to reduce the risks faced by VCs along with the administrative and legal costs faced by startups at early stages. The fund is also designed to provide support and investment in Saudi startups, provide various ways to support innovation, and create space for pioneering Saudi youth to develop their technology startups and expand their scope in the region.

The fund’s size is SAR 150 million and is allocated for the investment of early-stage startups operating in the technology and innovation sectors within KSA. The investment provided to companies will range between SAR 937,500 to 1,500,000 per company, as well as follow-on funding that will enable companies to complete their expansion inside and outside KSA.

In addition to the cash investment, the fund offers the Flat6Labs Riyadh Seed Program, which is a 4-month seed program held twice a year for over a span of 3 year. The program will support entrepreneurs to develop their business skills and provide them with a supportive environment to build their products, test market fit, improve their business models, and pitch to external investors; the program’s first cycle is expected to be held in the beginning of the third quarter.

Dr. Nabeel Koshak, CEO of SVC, stated: Our investment in the ‘Startup Seed Fund’ with Flat6Labs is a part of SVC’s implementation strategy to launch the “Investment in Accelerator and Startup Studio Funds” product, this partnership is built to enhance the creation of high-growth startups and to support the investment in their seed and pre-seed stages. This product was developed to foster the growth of the venture capital ecosystem in Saudi Arabia at all stages, in an effort to fill a funding gap that resulted from the focus of venture capital funds and angel investors on investments beyond the seed stage.

The fund aims to support more than 180 entrepreneurs, create more than 6,000 jobs in the private sector of KSA, and enable Saudi companies to expand in the region through the Flat6Labs regional offices. It will contribute to completing the structural transformation process that KSA aspires to by increasing the digital economy’s share of GDP and enhancing the contribution of the non-oil private sector.

Ramez El Serafy, CEO of Flat6Labs, added: “We are pleased to provide investment opportunities to early stage startups based in KSA, which constitute the cornerstone of the private sector in KSA. We look forward to launching the Flat6Labs Riyadh Seed Program, a program dedicated exclusively to accelerating the economic transformation in KSA, being the location of our first regional expansion out of Egypt. We are proud to transfer Flat6Labs knowledge of initial investments and seed programs to our team in KSA led by Eyad Albayouk, our General Manager in KSA, and Lujain Nassif, our Program Director in KSA. We also look forward to strengthening the team in KSA with more young Saudi talents.”

Apply to Riyadh Seed Program by clicking here.

Flat6Labs and Taibah Valley Sign MoU to Support IT Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, KSA: 15 February 2022 – Taibah Valley, owned by Taibah University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and one of the investment companies investing in innovation, modern technologies, building emerging companies, and venture investment, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Flat6Labs, a leading seed and early-stage venture capital firm.

Taibah Valley will collaborate with Flat6Labs on several projects to promote and invest in entrepreneurs in the information technology sector which will contribute to promoting the initiatives of the national system in the research, innovation, and information technology sectors. In addition, they will share expertise and knowledge in order to further empower technology entrepreneurs in the KSA.

Dr Jaber Al Mutairi, Chief Executive Officer of Taibah Valley, stated that the efforts of Taibah Valley in the upcoming period will be focused on building a comprehensive system to support and empower the human capital in modern technologies. In addition, they will develop an environment that supports innovation in order to contribute in promoting the development of emerging companies and create opportunities for entrepreneurs working on the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies in the KSA, which is considered the largest regional technology hub in the MENA region.

Eyad Albayouk, General Manager of Flat6Labs KSA, added “we’re thrilled about our partnership with Taibah Valley, which we believe is a very valuable one as it will help us in contributing to the localization of technology in a way that serves the national economy in KSA.”
The partnership between Taibah Valley and Flat6Labs is an active step forwards actualizing both organizations’ directive of supporting innovative emerging technology companies in the KSA.

Flat6Labs partners with ESLSCA University to Launch Innovation & Entrepreneurship Incubation Program

Cairo, Egypt. 19th December, 2021 –

Flat6Labs, in partnership with ESLSCA University, has launched a new innovation and entrepreneurship incubation program to empower undergrad students to develop viable and sustainable businesses upon graduation.

The partnership was signed in October this year, marking the commencement of the program for the current semester’s business students. The program is set to provide capacity building for the business undergrads and equipping them with primary knowledge and tools, enabling them to develop competitive products and companies.

Ramez El Serafy, CEO at Flat6Labs, added, “In addition to enhancing entrepreneurship education, this reinvented university acceleration program will be a significant resource not only to the ESLSCA institution, but also to the community at large in innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and regional technological and economic development.”

The incubation program spans over two phases in an 8-month period. In the first phase, 100 selected students grouped in 25 to 30 startup teams, will be given general entrepreneurship awareness and the basics of design thinking all the way to marketing and customer discovery, and offered multiple services and perks including expert-led training and coaching sessions, workshops, and mentorship by market experts.

This will be followed by dividing the startup teams into two main tracks. The TopX track will consist of 10 startups that will receive intensive entrepreneurial training in order to accelerate their growth within the subsequent 3 months, and the Frontier track, which will allow the remaining 15 to 20 startup teams to further develop their entrepreneurial learning sets and skills. The program will culminate with a showcase event, where startups will pitch their ideas and startups to a panel consisting of ESLSCA and Flat6Labs personnel.

ESLSCA took its first year of undergrad students in Egypt in 2019 and since then they have been offering accelerated, rigorous and innovative programs that allow students to move forward in a successful career. Commenting on the program, Dr. Mohamed El Essawy, BBA Program Director at ESLSCA University said, “We’re very excited to be launching this program with a partner that has such an extensive experience and track record in the entrepreneurial sector, both locally and regionally, such as Flat6Labs. At ESLSCA University, we take pride in readying our students for the modern business world in an unparalleled innovative manner, and with this program we believe we’re set to be the launchpad for the next generations of successful entrepreneurs.”

Flat6Labs Ten-Year Impact Report Launch

We are delighted to announce that we will soon be officially launching our “Flat6Labs Ten-Year Impact Report”, our latest and most in-depth report to date!
Our launch event will unveil the full story behind Flat6Labs, exclusive insights, and the valuable lessons we learned in an exciting fireside chat featuring our founders: Ahmed Al Alfi, Co-Founder of Flat6Labs, Hany Al Sonbaty, Co-Founder and Chairman of Flat6Labs, Ramez El-Serafy, our CEO and Dina El-Shenoufy, our CIO.
We will be also be releasing our “Flat6Labs Ten-Year Impact Report” which will provide an in-depth look and facts about all the different aspects of Flat6Labs – from our methodology and investment strategy, how we’ve supported thousands of entrepreneurs, what we learned so far in our journey, to the impact we’ve created in accelerating innovation across the MENA region for over the past 10 years and much more!
Sign up to join our event and download our full report on Tuesday, December 21st at 2 PM GMT – 4 PM Cairo time.
Stay tuned!

Flat6Labs Launches the DICE Program Demo Day in Cairo In Partnership with The British Council and Hatch Ideas

Cairo, 30 November 2021 – The DICE Program Demo Day launched in Cairo where 24 startups unveiled their remarkable products and services to investors, prospective clients and guests who were looking forward to providing additional support. This day is a culmination of all the effort and work done by the participating startups on their products and services in the past few months.

Funded by the British Council and in partnership with Flat6Labs and Hatch Ideas, the DICE program focuses on building and developing creative and innovative youth and entrepreneurs’ capabilities, encouraging them to establish innovative and social startups. The program also enables craftspeople and established startups, which provide innovative products and solutions in various sectors, such as visual arts, design, performing arts, handicrafts, movies, media, educational toys and architecture.

Hassan Mansi, the Executive Director of the DICE Program, shares “entrepreneurs of Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) form a significant part in the structure of entrepreneurship in Egypt. They positively contribute to promoting the national economy and creating employment opportunities for the youth, especially female entrepreneurs outside Cairo. Currently, the entrepreneurs in the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies use technology to develop and market their products and keep up with the times while maintaining their heritage at the same time. Flat6Labs is proud to be in a partnership with Hatch Ideas, our partner in the UK and the British Council, which always supports entrepreneurs in the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies field and through other different programs. The British Council and Hatch Ideas have enriched the program with their ideas and suggestions and their distinguished speakers gave the Egyptian entrepreneurs valuable insights and feedback.

“The range, quality, and professionalism of the creative entrepreneurs on this program have been inspiring and demonstrate why we should be so excited about the massive growth and economic potential of Egypt’s Creative Economy. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Flat6Labs and British Council to deliver a program that strengthens and realizes the potential of this creative powerhouse”. Yemisi Mokuolu, Founder & CEO Hatch Ideas Worldwide

The Demo Day paved the way for a great opportunity to meet our guests who were invited from various creative industries as well as investors, notable entrepreneurs, companies, governmental entities and the media. It also created a space for sharing experiences, advice and networking opportunities through the diverse discussion sessions that addressed some of the most significant challenges that the creative and handicrafts industries face in Egypt.

“The British Council’s Inclusive and Creative Economies program has been proud to work with the unwavering support of our partners – who created the space for the co-design of policy and community-led initiatives. Together we have been able to connect 25 emerging companies from artists and entrepreneurs with policymakers, intermediaries, investors, and funders. We congratulate all and have every confidence in their success and their contribution to an inclusive and sustainable economy”, shares Elizabeth White, Director of the British Council in Egypt.

Out of 91 startups, 24 companies have qualified, and the day ended with an exciting competition for them to present their businesses to a jury where EGP 225,000 was distributed to the top 3 startups.

First Place: “Adaptive Appeal” won a monetary prize of EGP 100,000.
Second Place: “Banana Art” won a monetary prize of EGP 75,000.
Third Place: “Mavericks” won a monetary prize of EGP 50,000.

Flat6Labs Celebrates Nine Startups at Fall 2021 Demo Day in Cairo

– Cairo, 2nd of December, 2021

Flat6Labs introduced nine of their most innovative startups publicly at the Fall 2021 Demo Day in Cairo, their first in-person demo day since the COVID-19 outbreak, that took place on November 24th at the Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel. The graduate startups from the 17th cycle of the Cairo Seed Program took the stage to present their new products and services to a range of potential stakeholders: customers, investors, corporates, and more, who will be willing to further support the scalability of the business.


“Flat6Labs Cairo seed program is highly tailored to offer our cohort the maximum value in order for them to grow and create impact. We offer training and coaching sessions, multiple networking opportunities, perks and services, and legal support,” says Albert Malaty, Managing Director of Flat6Labs’ Cairo Seed Program.

Flat6Labs seed investment in Cairo is a ticket up to EGP 1.5 million in cash funding in exchange for up to 10% equity. “Our current Fund size allows us to provide a more suitable investment to our startups at current times, helping them attract the right talent and survive longer. Flat6Labs Egypt now offers seed tickets up to EGP 1.5 million and follow-on funding tickets to select startups can reach 3 million Egyptian pounds,” says Marie Therese Fam, Managing Partner of Flat6Labs Egypt.

The Fall 2021 cycle of the Cairo Seed Program took off on August 24th, 2021, where the outstanding cohort of graduating startups has worked on further developing their solutions across multiple sectors including Health Tech, E-commerce, Food & Beverage, IOT devices, SaaS and Education Technology.

 

Edupay
Edupay’s fintech aims to simplify transactions and interactions in education, by empowering education seekers and assisting them throughout their journey.
Edupay’s website: https://www.edupayegypt.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Edupay

Elmawkaa
Elmawkaa’s B2B e-commerce web/mobile app helps contractors connect seamlessly with suppliers, get accurate quotations, and order their building materials from their vetted suppliers all in one platform.
Elmawkaa’s website: https://www.elmawkaa.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Elmawkaa

Kokens
KoKens is a KaaS (Kitchen As A Service) platform that transforms online food recipes into a menu available to everyone, enabling food bloggers & entrepreneurs to instantly launch their virtual food brands.
Kokens’ website: https://www.kokens.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Kokens

PacknSave
PacknSave is a web/mobile e-commerce store that provides online bulk grocery buying for families with up to a 15% discount delivered directly to their doorsteps. Users can simply add items to their cart to get an instant price drop when increasing product quantities.
PacknSave website: http://www.packnsave.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-PacknSave

Qubx
Qubx is an on-demand 3D radiological service provider that helps surgeons to easily plan out their surgeries, by providing on-demand 3D radiological services for diagnosis and surgical planning, miles beyond normal 2D radiological data.
Qubx website: https://www.qubxview.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Qubx

Venu
Venu’s platform provides a modern tech solution to enhance users’ experience with restaurants, all while increasing the restaurant’s productivity, profitability, and customer engagement.

Venu’s website: http://www.venuapps.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Venu

Zatona Eats
Zatona Eats is an all-in-one meal planning and ordering app which offers an end-to-end solution for personalized meal plans, cooked meals, scheduled delivery, nutrition therapy, and medical supervision.
Zatona Eat’s website: https://www.zatonaeats.com/en
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-ZatonaEats

Zr3i
Zr3i’s Web/Mobile app provides crop monitoring, management, and Farm-to-fork product traceability services to the Egyptian Market and the Arab world.
Zr3i’s website: http://www.zr3i.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Zr3i

Waseya
Waseya is an online will maker that allows users to write a legally binding will, calculate one’s Net Asset Worth, and compute the Islamic shares of each inheritor, all while complying with local laws and the Islamic jurisprudence.
Waseya’s website: http://www.waseya.me
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Waseya

The Flat6Labs team was honored by the presence of his excellency Dr. Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Ahmed El Alfi, Flat6Labs’ Founder, who commended the creative solutions that the startups provided to tackle some of Egypt and the region’s most pressing issues.

The next cycle in our Cairo Seed Program will commence in February – prospective startups can apply through this link.